Auditory Processing Disorder in Children will Cause Speech Delay, Language and Communication Issues, Behavioral Issues, Learning Disabilities, Hyperactivity and Poor Motor Planning. Listening Therapy Can ReTrain the Brain to Process Sound Effectively
Auditory Processing Disorder
Definition: Auditory processing disorder affects the way information is processed by the brain.
When your brain recognizes and interprets the sounds around you that are taken in by the ear and processed efficiently and effectively, auditory processing is unhampered. The vibrations are changed to electrical impulses and the information isn't altered, skewed or inhibited. Normal auditory processing results as the brain is able to take that information, interpret it, process it and respond to it in a meaningful way. However, if auditory processing is hindered in any way, due to a variety of reasons there is a breakdown in the normal transformation and exchange of auditory information resulting in an Auditory Processing Disorder .
The Ear-Brain Connection
When auditory processing is distorted or disrupted in some way, there can be adverse effects on the interpretation of auditory information, which diminishes the brain's ability to understand and organize the messages being sent. For the population with autism, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia and other learning disabilities, this can cause behavioral problems, social and emotional problems, academic problems and even shut-down mode.
How is the Brain Impacted With Auditory Training?
The brain has what's called plasticity – it can change and learn new things – at any age. Learning is the mere process of having the brain change and lay down new neural connections. In auditory training, we can improve auditory processing as the brain changes and learns new things through stimulation of modulated music (in this case, Mozart). To be effective, the protocol is administered in sessions each day with a mandatory 2 day break, with enough strength to render it therapeutic, and with a determined amount of weeks to follow to give the brain its due time to acclimate and assimilate the sonic information.
Does This Sound Like Your Child?
- Misunderstands spoken information, directions or questions
- Is easily distracted by background noise
- Finds sounds uncomfortable or even painful (holds ears a lot)
- Has trouble with auditory discrimination skills
- Has difficulty paying attention
- Is unorganized
- Has difficulty reading
- Difficulties with spelling
- Difficulty with speaking skills
- Frequently asks "huh"? or "what"?
- Balance and coordination issues
- Poor posture
- Poor voice quality